Amp/Preamp Asylum: REVIEW: Xiang Sheng DAC-01A Preamplifier (Tube) by soldermizer
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Model: DAC-01A Category: Preamplifier (Tube) Suggested Retail Price: $178 Description: hybride (1-tube) USB DAC and preamp Manufacturer URL: Xiang Sheng
Review by soldermizer on January 20, 2012 at 09:59:55
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This was also sold by Grant Fidelity as DAC-09. It is still widely sold on Ebay (and no doubt elsewhere) as the DAC-01a. It's sold as a DAC, headphone amplifier, and [with some hunting] you can change internal jumpers to make the RCA outs variable (not fixed) so it's a "normal" pre too. Choice of transistor or tube outputs (use 6N3 tube). Digital ins: USB, SPDIF (coax, optical); two RCA ins. My unit has worked flawlessly out of the box, two weeks now. There are ("were"?) reviews of the DAC-09 on Grant web site. I'll skip all the oohs and aahs about "how it sounds..." most of that is subjective bullshit anyway. It's a capable little pre and did I mention CHEAP!!!
Product Weakness: No turn on/off muting. Only sold on internet from China, the usual risks apply. Product Strengths: cheap, adequate, flexible digital inputs, two RCA ins, doubles as a headphone and pre amp.
Associated Equipment for this Review:
Amplifier: Carver M400t Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): DAC-01a Sources (CDP/Turntable): Sony streaming player Speakers: Bose 901 V Cables/Interconnects: generic Music Used (Genre/Selections): pop Time Period/Length of Audition: two weeks Type of Audition/Review: Friend's System Your System (if other than home audition): GF's system of hand-me-down components :)
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Topic - REVIEW: Xiang Sheng DAC-01A Preamplifier (Tube) - soldermizer 09:59:55 01/20/12 ( 7)
- RE: REVIEW: Xiang Sheng DAC-01A Preamplifier (Tube) - ChadHahn 17:17:03 11/22/12 ( 0)
So, list of features and "CHEAP!!!" constitutes a review now? - carcass93 10:57:30 01/20/12 ( 5)
- Finally, something really wrong with it!!! - soldermizer 21:00:27 11/18/12 ( 0)
cheap is small and not to steep but best of all cheap is cheap - soldermizer 12:08:08 01/20/12 ( 3)
- You know saying - Stale 10:49:07 01/21/12 ( 0)
Well why then do you waste your valuable time? - Sordidman 15:21:49 01/20/12 ( 0)
RE: cheap is small and not to steep but best of all cheap is cheap - Iron Knee 14:45:27 01/20/12 ( 0)